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Flying a kite is easy, but there are a few simple tips that make flying the kite even easier and, more to the point, safer for you and others around you.


Fly Safe - Have Fun - you can also find some more tips on safe flying here.

 

Wind Speed

There is a general scale of wind speed known as the Beaufort Scale. This gives a simple indication of the wind speed which can be matched to the recommended wind speed for the kite you are flying.


Force



MPH



0

0-1

Calm. Smoke rises vertically

1

1-3

Light Air. Direction of wind shown by smoke drift but not wind vane

2

4-7

Light Breeze. Wind felt on face; leaves rustle; ordinary wind vanes move.

3

8-12

Gentle Breeze. Leaves and small twigs on constant motion. Wind extends light flag.

4

13-18

Moderate Breeze. Raises dust and loose paper; small branches are moved

5

19-24

Fresh Breeze. Small trees in leaf begin to sway; crested wavelets form on inland waters

6

25-31

Strong Breeze. Large branches in motion; whistling heard in telegraph wires; umbrellas used with difficulty.

7+

32+

Generally dangerous to fly kites!

Delta Kite.  Ideal for lighter breezes force 1 to 3.

Hexagon Kite.  Best suited for force 3 to 5.

Box Kite. Fles best in force 4 to 6.

Parafoil: Flies in force 4 to 6.